Unsafe people can sabotage relationships by dishonesty, selfishness, control, condemnation, codependence, betrayal and secrecy. Learn how to discern the relationships in your life that are healthy and productive.
It's important to let the right people into our personal lives. Some people we should let into our personal lives and others just aren't safe because we must guard our hearts from lies, temptations, discouragement, anything that would entice us away from God's character or from His promises. Personal traits of safe and unsafe people are identified and discussed.
Scripture: Isaiah 11:3, 2 Corinthians 11:4-15, Luke 12:3, Proverbs 12:23, Joshua 24:15
I know a pastor in California who reversed his position on homosexuality. The pastor said that his shift coincided with his 15 year-old son’s announcement that he is gay. This is a situation every Christian should think through, now. At stake on the issue of a Christian sexual ethic is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But what if, sitting across from you, is your child or...
Author: Russell Moore
I had been wearing a promise ring for a few days that meant eventually we’d be together forever. We had dated on and off for five and a half years. I wanted God’s permission. I wanted His blessing on our relationship. I left the ring at home, went to a Christian Conference to put the relationship in God’s hands. If he didn’t want us together, then we’d break up. I didn’t mean...
Author: Angelique Angell
Pregnancy used to be an event of universal joy and approval: the excitement and promise of new life, the beauty of a woman in her finest moment, the sweetness and beauty of the anticipated child. The Bible affirms this view in John 16:21, “…as soon as she has given birth, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child has been born into the world.” The Food and...
Author: Tom Askew
Lisa, my wife, and I just finished a great seminar about sexual purity. In it, we covered our “10 Commandments of Purity” (We’ve also put these in our book Sexperiment ). If you missed it, here they are: 10 Commandments of Purity 1) I shall have no other human relationship before Lisa, my wife. Your spouse is the most important earthly relationship you will have....
Author: Ed Young Jr.
Why do we lie? Perhaps it is to make ourselves look better. Perhaps we lie for personal gain or to avoid negative consequences. Why shouldn't we lie? God hates it, and it enslaves us and robs us of our personal and spiritual freedom.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 12:17-22, Proverbs 19:5, Proverbs 19:22-23
Why is the love of human glory, rather than God's glory, so contradictory to faith? One is that true faith in Jesus gives all glory to God and none to ourselves. When you come to Jesus in faith, you surrender the right to claim any glory for yourself. He owes us none. He will glorify us in due season. The other reason the love of human glory is contradictory to faith is...
Speaker: John Piper
Scripture: John 5:30-47, Romans 4:20, Romans 8:30
Topic: Pride & Humility
At some point in our journey, most of us trade adventure for routine. While some routines can be good, we have to be careful. Sacred routines become empty rituals that keep us caged!
Speaker: Mark Batterson
Scripture: Exodus 3, Deuteronomy 6
God is always at work. We must join Him in His work and commit our daily tasks on God's altar as an offering.
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: Colossians 3:17, Colossians 3:23 - 4:1, Romans 12:1, 1 Kings 7:13-14, Ephesians 2:10
Topic: Work and Vocation